We realize that not everyone works in an office setting, but this article is focused specifically on preventing pain in an office. We will discuss tips for dealing with pain in other work settings in a future blog. So without further delay, here are a few tips for dealing with your pain at work.
Consider your Work Setup
The first thing you should do is take a good look at how your work station is set up. If it’s an option, consider installing a stand up desk at your station. Standing desks have been shown to reduce back pain and improve your overall health over time. If a stand up desk is not an option, do everything you can to make your setup ergonomic. At the most simplistic level, make sure your monitor is roughly an arm’s length away, your feet sit flat on the ground, and that your hands rest on the keyboard in such a way that your elbows form 90 degree angles. An ergonomic setup can help prevent back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, and more.
Sitting at your desk all day every day can take a toll on your back, neck, and other areas of the body. If your job requires you to sit at a desk for extended periods of time, take short breaks every hour or two to stretch out and walk around.
When pain persists at work after trying these DIY fixes, the next step is to talk to a physician and find a treatment strategy that works for you.
If you are suffering through immense or chronic pain at work, make an appointment with a pain management physician to discuss your options. The skilled Minnesota pain doctors at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have two decades of experience treating all types of painful conditions. Contact our office to set up your appointment today.